The Group 4 Project is a requirement of the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme designed to encourage interdisciplinary cooperation in the pursuit of scientific exploration. Grade 11 and 12 students were tasked with asking this research question:
Considering the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance. How can scientific methods help us resolve tensions between these various values when they are in competition in an urban park?
To provide the perfect environment the students went to the Hyde Park Education Centre – the LookOut. This provided us with a central location to investigate the park.
The four pods explored a range of topics which took them all over the park. One of the key requirements is that the findings are to be shared with the wider community. Some of the groups decided to create websites to effectively share their findings:
The whole Group 4 experience was designed to help students look at the world through a different lens:
“From our data, we can clearly see that tap water has the highest percentage of oxygen in the water. This is mostly due to how there are no plants and animals in the water which could take up oxygen, whereas, in the lake and pond water, organisms such as pondweed and fishes usually take in oxygen.” Chemistry class
“Having wide access to many green spaces is something that relates both to ESS and British values.” – Evelyn
“Seeing the difference that pollution makes so clearly changed the way I view the impacts of my actions.” – Eric